Tuesday, April 7th, 2020, is a night like any other in the “Covid-19 Era”, with most people around the world in lockdown and millions still in mourning over March Madness getting cancelled, as well as postponements for NHL, NBA, and MLB. However, tonight via popular electronic gaming streaming website, Twitch, stakes can still be made – on a professional basketball event featuring players from 30 years ago.
It was reported a few weeks ago that it’s possible to wager on NBA video games at MyBookie while self-isolating and watch live as action unfolds, but now they raised the bar and are offering classic rivalries like tonight’s All Time Chicago Bulls vs. All Time Detroit Pistons. Yes, this is basically a “dream matchup” featuring the best ever, such as Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Grant Hill, Chauncey Billups, and many more familiar faces from yesteryear (closing line was Bulls -14½).
After hearing about the streams on social media, industry veteran Pat Morrow at Bovada shrewdly jumped on the bandwagon, displaying the cunning and prowess he’s famous for, offering NFL simulations for members to get down on. So earlier tonight, around 1,000 quarantined souls virtually gathered on Twitch to collectively gamble online and watch the Dallas Cowboys lose in overtime to the New England Patriots, causing equal parts cheers and jeers as punters either bragged or commiserated with one another. Then the second half of the doubleheader kicked off at 10pm ET with Oakland hosting Kansas City and getting 11½ points for the pleasure (Over/Under 56½), with tomorrow’s first tilt being [email protected] at noon.
History will be blurry on who exactly offered Madden 20 first in the MyBookie vs. Bovada battle but one thing’s for sure, everyone is absolutely loving these sims and both interest and handle has been through the roof. Tempers in the chats have been just as high with people trash-talking one another, slamming the teams participating, and sometimes even highlighting the stupidity of their own decisions. Obviously, half of the fun thus far has been watching commenters meltdown as their parlays get ruined by the likes of “simulated Derek Carr” having the performance of a lifetime.
Of course, all would prefer to be watching (and getting down on) the real thing, but for now, this will do just fine. Everything is streamed live directly on their site or the MyBookie sims Twitch channel for those wanting to check it out. Rumor has it boxing, NCAA, and UFC will be launched shortly, giving players even more entertainment options to help get through this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.